SAFETY PERSPECTIVES

Managing Employee Safety at Home and Work

Posted by  Guest Blog

One of the clichés in the occupational safety world is that our goal is to ensure that our employees get to go home each day the same way they came. The implication here is that we make them safe in the dangerous workplace until they can get to the safety of their homes. But what if home is not the safest place for them to be?


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The Next Step to Improving an Already Strong Safety Culture

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

I was recently doing some development training for a global manufacturing company with a large presence here in North America. Overall, this organization has a great safety culture and has a pretty comprehensive safety management system. Not surprisingly, their TRIR (Total Recordable Incidence Rate) is currently below 1.0. However, they are actively looking for steps to get to 0.5 or lower and take the next step in terms of their safety journey.

In preparation for my training, I was reviewing some of their incident reports from the past year and noticed a similar trend. Regardless of the department where it occurred, the nature of the event, or the employee’s experience level, none of the injuries were due to any safety rule violations. In addition, they all tended to occur on tasks that were rare or unexpected. In some of the incidents, investigations revealed that there were actually no documented procedures for how to safely complete one of the steps in the process because it was rare or had such little risk associated with it. Simply put, these were not simple, garden variety safety incidents. They were more complex, and had various potential precursors related to anything from ergonomics to training to equipment maintenance.


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Examining the Amtrak Safety Incident Through the Lens of SafetyDNA

Posted by  David Juristy

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, an Amtrak train traveling southbound from New York City to Savannah, GA. struck a backhoe with Amtrak personnel performing maintenance near Philadelphia, PA. The incident killed two Amtrak workers and injured more than thirty passengers. This was a tragic event, but one that could have easily been avoided had the parties involved been aware of their blind spots when it came to their personal SafetyDNA.


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4 Simple Safety Behaviors That Put You at Risk on Ladders

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Every year, falls from height are a leading cause of fatalities and serious injuries, according to OSHA statistics. A large percentage of these falls are from ladders, which are so common on worksites. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that over 40% of fatal workplace falls involve ladders, and in the Construction industry, this number goes all the way up to 80%.

It’s no surprise, therefore, that ladder safety is a frequent and critical topic for safety professionals in any industry. From the type of ladder, to proper placement and usage, there are various aspects to consider. So if there is so much information out there about ladder safety, why are there still so many ladder-related injuries?


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The 80/20 Rule in Safety – a Few People, a Lot of Incidents

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

You’ve probably heard of the "80/20 Rule" many times before, or at the very least, you’re familiar with the concept. The 80/20 Rule refers to Pareto’s Principle, or Pareto’s Law. This is basically the observation that about 80% of outcomes or results are attributable to about 20% of inputs or activities.

It's named after the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, who developed a theory and formula which described that that twenty percent of the people in Italy owned eighty percent of the wealth. Following this, Dr. Joseph M. Juran attributed the 80/20 Rule to Pareto in the 1940’s and called it Pareto's Principle. It has since been applied to many fields of study, including economics, business, science, and sports.

Perhaps you have experienced this in different areas of your work or personal life, where a few things, or people, lead to the majority of outcomes (whether positive or negative). For example, have you ever felt like:


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4 Ways Your SafetyDNA Impacts Serious Injuries and Fatalities (SIFs) Risk

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

Serious injuries and fatalities, commonly referred to as SIFs, are the types of incidents that can cause the most harm. SIF incidents commonly lead to life-altering injuries, loss of life, and catastrophic events with multiple deaths. It’s no wonder that safety professionals and researchers have been increasing their focus on how to identify events that lead to SIFs, and how to prevent these events from occurring.

Research over the past decade has looked at various types of precursors, and systematic processes that can help prevent SIFs proactively. Experts typically recommend identifying SIF precursors, heightened education of SIFs, using root cause analysis and implementing various controls. However, research on SIFs is still an emerging field, and there is still much we do not know about the exact types of factors or events that contribute to these events.


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How Safe Would You Be In The Zombie Apocalypse?

Posted by  David Juristy


Today, we're diving into Part 4 of our series about SafetyDNA profiles. Click here to read Part 1 , Part 2, and Part 3.

Who doesn’t like The Walking Dead?  Zombies, end of days, action, adventure - The Walking Dead has it all; and If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead you probably have a favorite character.  Like most loyal fans you probably fall into one of two camps, Rick or Daryl.  When season 7 premiered (Spoiler Alerts!) in mid-October people were concerned that Daryl might be at the business end of Negan’s bat Lucille, but after the first 30 minutes of the premiere those folks could breathe a huge sigh of relief.  Daryl lives to fight another day. 

What is it that makes Daryl so loved by fans?  For me it’s his unpredictability, you never quite know what Daryl is going to do, he is a true Adventurer and so far things have worked out for him…at least for the most part.

When applying the S.A.F.E. model to Daryl it’s easy to see he fits the Adventurer profile.  Let's take a look at each factor and you’ll see why.


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What Is the Johari Window and How Can It Help Improve Your Personal Safety?

Posted by  Esteban Tristan, Ph.D.

When a friend or a co-worker tells you that you act a certain way, how often do you agree with them? How well do you know your behavior relative to how other people see you? If you are like most people, there are lots of things people can say about you that you admit are true.

But let’s face it - some of us have better self-awareness than others. I bet that right now, you can easily think of someone you know who has no clue that they act a certain way (e.g., forgetful, picky, loud) even though everybody else around them seems to know it. We often refer to these as “blind spots”. These are the things about ourselves that others can see, but we do not.


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2 Major Reasons Why Your Company Isn't Improving Its Safety Performance

Posted by  David Juristy

Albert Einstein famously said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.” So, why is it that so many companies conduct the same safety training year after year, yet see very little difference when it comes to improving their safety performance? I know that’s not always the case. However, when you consider the amount of time, money, and effort spent on reducing incidents and injury rates, one would expect to see better results.

There are two main reasons we fail to see the type of improvement we desire:


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Measuring Safety in the Hiring Process: Questions and Answers

Posted by  Megan Why

Last week, we held a great safety webinar about how you can measure safety risk in your hiring process. Our Safety Practice Manager, Dr. Tristan and Brian Dishman, a senior consultant, discussed how to determine whether a potential hire would be safe on the job or not. Wouldn’t you want to know if someone has the potential to be a safety risk, before hiring that person?

The webinar ended with a great Q&A session, but we ran out of time before we could answer all of the questions! We decided to answer the remaining questions in this week’s blog post.

By the way, if you haven’t watched the webinar yet, you should! Click here to access a recording of it and learn how to measure safety risk in your hiring process.

Read on for the questions and answers…


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